Mark Wahlberg Saves the Gulf of Mexico in First ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Photos
In one way or another, all of Mark Wahlberg’s movies have involved him playing the role of the savior. In many instances, this takes a pretty literal form — Wahlberg protected Earth from alien robots in Transformers: Age of Extinction, protected America from terrorism in Lone Survivor, and in his Oscar-nominated role in The Departed (remember that time Mark Wahlberg got nominated for an Oscar?), he protected Boston from police corruption and street crime. But sometimes, he’s a more conceptual defender, such as in Boogie Nights, a film in which Wahlberg must save himself. Or in Pain and Gain, when he had to rescue Michael Bay from Michael Bay.
His latest outing Deepwater Horizon, a dramatized account of BP’s 2010 oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, finds him in the more traditional savior mode, this time saving one of America’s most precious bodies of water from nefarious British petrol companies. Today brings the first promotional stills from the production led by Wahlberg’s Lone Survivor director Peter Berg (also responsible for Battleship and several episodes of Ballers, or as I have taken to calling it, Sports Entourage), and it sure looks like a movie Mark Wahlberg would agree to star in.
We see Marky Mark having what looks like a rather intense conversation with his daughter, fighting fire and staring off into the distance. (Is he thinking about enjoying a delicious signature hamburger from the chain that bears his name? Or is he gazing out onto the horizon (the Deepwater Horizon!), wondering what role of savior will drift into his ken next?) There’s also Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez as Andrea Fleytas, an inexperienced 23-year-old crew member aboard the vessel. We are lucky that her character has not been changed into an adult white man. There’s also a concerned-looking Kurt Russell and, hey, Kurt Russell is in this movie!
Deepwater Horizon opens in theaters on September 30.